Game 160-Tampa’s Last Stand

Final series of the year for the Yanks, and while the Yanks have nothing left to play for, the Rays are battling for their playoff lives. The Yanks are fielding a decent lineup, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the starters get pulled early even if the game is close. The Red Sox better win...

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Game 160-Tampa's Last Stand

Final series of the year for the Yanks, and while the Yanks have nothing left to play for, the Rays are battling for their playoff lives. The Yanks are fielding a decent lineup, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the starters get pulled early even if the game is close. The Red Sox better win...

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Towers: "Cash Does It The Right Way"

Last week, Ken Rosenthal published a fascinating article on how the Moneyball philosophy continues to impact the game. One prominent passage discussed Brian Cashman’s efforts to implement changes to keep pace with the Red Sox:

The Yankees, a perennial post-season qualifier, also held low draft positions. When Cashman secured more power before the 2006 season,...

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Vote now for the 2011 IIATMS MLB Awards!

The Barry Bonds Award: For the most outstanding player in each league. Pitchers are eligible.

The Greg Maddux Award: For the best pitcher in each league.

The Babe Ruth Award: For the best offensive player in each league.

The Mariano Rivera Award: For the best relief pitcher in each league.

The Angel Berroa Award: For the most outstanding rookie in each league.

The Branch Rickey Award: For the best general manager in each league.

The Dusty Baker Award: For the manager who did the most to hurt his team in 2011.

If you’d like to vote, email me your picks for each award winner in each league by noon Wednesday. Winners will be announced Thursday morning.

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Russell Martin’s defense, and its impact on Montero

BP’s Mike Fast has done some truly ground breaking research on the impact pitch framing skills can have on a ballclub’s ability to suppress runs. Mo addressed this in a previous post (check out his graphics)  but I wanted to come at it from a different angle, namely the pending decisions on what to...

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Looking back at the Charleston RiverDogs’ 2011 season

Curtain Calls:
Rob Segedin (3B): Segedin hit .323/.396/.482/.878 in his 61 games with Charleston, before he was bumped up the Tampa.  He had 34 RBIs and five homers, but also made fifteen errors in the field.  Segedin will be playing in the Arizona Fall League with the Phoenix Desert Dogs.

JR Murphy (C): While Montero, Romine and Sanchez are the names most Yankees fans think of when they wonder who will be the future backstop in the Bronx, Murphy made it clear that his name shouldn’t be left out of the discussion.  He hit  .297/.343/.457/.800 with the RiverDogs, before being promoted to Tampa.  He hit six homers and 23 doubles, even picking up a pair of stolen bases, earning him SAL Mid-Season All-Star honors.

Slade Heathcott (CF): There is no doubt that it was a tough year for the Yankees’ first round pick of the 2009 Draft.  Questions about his upbringing were finally addressed in an article that shed light on the young player’s rough home life and battle with alcohol. …

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ALDS rotation coming into focus

Either way, I think we have a pretty good idea of what the ALDS rotation is going to look like now. C.C. Sabathia and Ivan Nova were already locks, of course, and now Freddy Garcia has probably nailed down his spot as well. I think it’s safe to say the Yankees will ask Sabathia to throw on short rest in Game 4 if need be, meaning they’ll only need to run out three different starting pitchers.

If there’s one thing left to watch, it’s probably Colon’s start Tuesday night. Colon has been shaky of late, but with Hughes ticketed to the bullpen the only other possibility for a 4th starter should the Yankees get past the ALDS is A.J. Burnett, and I doubt anyone just wants to hand A.J. that role. If Colon has a good outing he may be able to win the job, but if he gets shelled again I don’t see how you can have faith in him to start a playoff game.…

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